Atiu Vacation Packages
The island of Atiu, with limited towns and few cars, is a peaceful tropical getaway. Find secluded beaches relatively untouched by humanity. The surrounding reef system is perfect for snorkeling, diving and fishing, while the central tropical rainforest and plateau make this a fascinating island for exploring nature’s wonders.
Atiu is in the southern group of Cook Islands that emerged from the sea more than 8 million years ago. Explore the coral limestone reef, known as makatea, surrounding the island. On land, the makatea is covered in thick jungle. Several villages are located on the island’s central plateau.
Relax on a long tranquil beach or lounge in the shade of a coconut tree. Snorkel or dive in the lagoon and surrounding marine reserve. Occasional breaks in the reef make it possible to catch deep-sea fish quite close to shore.
Also known as Enuamanu (Land of the Birds), the island has many species of tropical birds. See the exotic white-capped noddy, the Bobby Brown, the tavake and the great frigate. Listen for calls of the native kingfisher echoing through the jungle. In the limestone caves are rare kopeka birds that navigate through the dark using clicking sounds.
Sail to the untouched island of Takutea, 17 miles (27 kilometers) northwest of Atiu, to glimpse the bird and turtle sanctuary and scuba dive on unspoiled coral reefs.
The island has many caves, the most popular of which is the Anatakitaki Cave. Walk through caverns between stalactites and stalagmites and swim by candlelight in a subterranean pool.Domestic flights operate from Rarotonga to Atiu. If you plan to trek, bring good walking shoes as the makatea can be jagged and uneven.